American Legion Post 70
LEGION GIVES PHOTOS
OF SERVICEMEN (1948)
In a brief and simple ceremony, Nutley Post 70 of the American Legion yesterday presented a picture memorial to
the Town honoring its 83 World War II dead.
The memorial, which contains photographs of 80 of the servicemen, was unveiled in the public library by Mrs. Mary Hanley of Race Street, former Army nurse and widow of First
Lt. John M. Hanley, who was killed in action in World War II. She now is director of the home nursing service of the Jersey City Red Cross
An estimated audience of 75 persons, including a number of Gold Star Mothers and relatives of the honored
servicemen, heard Post Commander Earl J. Crawford formally present the memorial to Mayor Jernick and through him to the town of Nutley.
Charles S. Hammond, Post historian,
conducted the ceremony.
Jernick said: "Each of us here gathered knows only too well the horrors of war, its cruelties and
tragedies, and so from that knowledge we should be prepared to work so that war may be forever be outlawed. War and civilization are antonyms -- we
can't have both. But mere lip service is not enough. We must support that just hatred of war by concerted efforts to make another war unnecessary
He concluded: "We can resolve here today that we will do everything we can for those who suffered so terribly
during the most recent war, that we will provide aid for those still suffering, and that we will turn our efforts toward whatever cause will
Hammond, explaining the memorial, said that it was a result of extensive research by the Post, and added
that while pictures of three war dead had not been obtainable, the Post would continue to search for them.
Comparing the two World Wars, Hammond said that Nutley lost 83 servicemen out of a total of 2900 in the recent
war, while 17 men out of 217 represented lost their lives in World War I.
Legion Post 70
Nutley Historical Society, Ed Stecewicz
The Nutley Sun